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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-08-2013, 09:57 AM Thread Starter
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VN 750 Motor Noise _Vulcan 2001

Bought the bike 6 weeks ago now. Just over 9K miles. Runs great. Upgraded to iridium plugs and did full oil and filter change. 42 MPG with every tank.

Noise started in front of engine. Cackling. I have read about this on the forum, and have read what to do about it. My questions is simple: If I do nothing... is this going to get worse?
I have a 600 mile round trip planned in the next ten days and was planning on driving the bike from Kansas City, MO to Cedar Rapids, Iowa. I have never driven anybike on this type of trip before and felt this was the first bike that I have ever owned that could handle it... now I am not so confident.

No noise when idling. No noise in most of the gears. Does not happen every time. Annoying more than anything.

Can this bike handle the trip?
Something I should do before the trip?
Should I pass on driving the bike?
NORMALLY.. would this bike be ok for a long trip like this?

Thank you for your comments in advance... I value the forums opinions.
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It's likely your front cam chain adjuster.
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If its intermitant not sure if be too worried about it, but I'm not there to hear it and tell how loud it is.
If its really noticable when you first start the bike (when cold) but seems to go away after the bike warms up...I wouldn't worry

If it seems just as loud when the bikes warmed up, I'd try doing something about it before you leave.

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Agreed, if its the accts, I let mine stay noisy till it became a persistent steady noise... then converted to manual ones. I would think about changing them before the trip, but that's just me.

Make sure your rectifier is relocated before such a long trip... otherwise it may not get enough air and if it overheats your bike will no linger charge the battery... it happened to me on just a 200 mile trip.

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x3 on the ACCTs. I'd just get manual ones and get it over with. The ACCT is such a bad design in our bikes that I consider them a ticking time-bomb, waiting to destroy the engine.

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Agreed, if its the accts, I let mine stay noisy till it became a persistent steady noise... then converted to manual ones. I would think about changing them before the trip, but that's just me.

Make sure your rectifier is relocated before such a long trip... otherwise it may not get enough air and if it overheats your bike will no linger charge the battery... it happened to me on just a 200 mile trip.
Alittle off subject, but would you still need to relocate the rectifier if you degoat the beast?
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Alittle off subject, but would you still need to relocate the rectifier if you degoat the beast?
No, but it wouldn't hurt...Relocating R/R is still cooler.


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